Former Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer has today announced his retirement from cricket with immediate effect.
“Kyle’s decision comes after he accepted the post of Assistant Coach with the Northern Diamonds, one of the eight women’s regional ECB hubs. He begins his new job this week as the Diamonds squad head for a preseason training camp in Spain.” Cricket Scotland said in an official release.
Following 110 matches as captain in all formats of the game, Kyle stepped down as skipper last year.
Having represented Scotland in 159 matches across formats, The 38-year-old accumulated 4,687 runs which included five centuries and 27 fifties.
“I’ve been playing for Scotland since I was 11 or 12 years old, so it’s been the best part of 26 years playing for my country. I can still remember the day when Peter Steindl picked me – we were sat in the scorers shed at Merchiston Castle School, and when he called out my name I just thrust my hands up in the air in celebration!” Kyle said.
“I don’t ever think there’s a perfect time for a decision like this, but I’ve been considering my options for some time, and an opportunity came up which was too good to turn down.
“The balance that the Scotland team need at this time was outweighed by the opportunity for me to move into coaching, and I’m extremely excited about the chance to work with such a high profile team. The chance to move straight into the performance game isn’t always there, and I’m fortunate that this opportunity opened up for me at this moment and I can take it on.
“The Northern Diamonds are one of the top sides in the country; they won the Rachael Heyhoe-Flint Trophy at Lord’s last season, and they’ve been performing pretty well in the last couple of years. To be involved with coaching a performance team at that level is really exciting.”